Julie M’s Best of 2017


Reviewer Julie Murphy shares her picks for 2017…

Crazy About Cats – Owen Davey

This book is beautiful. The writing is interesting, entertaining and witty, the information is faultless, and the illustrations and design are simply gorgeous. This information book would make a great gift for kids who love animals (especially wild cats) and dabbling in facts.



Double Take – Susan Hood and Jay Fleck

This is a picture book for kids 3+ about opposites…and a whole lot more. It reveals that things are not always as they seem – it just depends on your perspective. What a great message!



Duck, Death and the Tulip – Wolf Eribruch

I only recently discovered this 2011 picture book. I found it clever and at times funny, simple and yet profound. Most importantly, it deals with death in a way that I thought was very suited to young children.




Meet reviewer Julie Murphy….

Julie Murphy is a children’s author, trained zoologist and zookeeper. Her work often features animals and nature, and ranges from fiction and non-fiction picture books, to short stories, articles and poetry. www.juliemurphybooks.com  Julie loves picture books in particular, and greets Reading Time book packages at her doorstep with all the abandon of a kid on Christmas morning.

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